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Concrete core distance

February 25, 2020, 9:55 pm

Is there a certain distance you have to be away from a Hilti anchor to core a hole through a concrete floor ? Read more »

Gable truss wall load bearing?

February 24, 2020, 1:58 am

I have a 2.5 car disconnected garage and connected to the garage is a porch. I would like to open up the wall between the porch and garage. I am trying to figure out if the wall is load bearing? The ... Read more »

Compacting subbase for paver patio

September 12, 2019, 6:41 pm

Do it yourself I'm installing paver stone patio and got ahead of myself when putting in limestone sub base. I didn't compact in lifts and have between 9 to 10 inches spread out . will i still be okay... Read more »

Filling a pole with cement

July 21, 2019, 10:19 pm

Well I listen to you alls coments on if filling a pipe with cement will make it stronger and I'm gunna try it. I put up a tetherball pole and when I hit the ball it wiggles and vibrates at the top of... Read more »

Removal of wood 8x8 post with rebar in it that is set in cement

June 25, 2019, 1:56 am

My garage was damaged in a tornado Nd snapped off two wooden 8x8 posts in my garage. In order to reset posts the old posts need to come out, except that they have rebar running through the wood post... Read more »

Stove hood

April 18, 2019, 10:09 am

Does anybody make a stove hood with a fan and an air filter, for stoves that aren't near an outside wall? I'm hoping one might exist with a washable air filter. Thanks. -- Read more »

Builder Screwup pouring foundation

April 5, 2019, 3:17 pm

I'm currently having a home built as well. One of the foundation walls was poured out of square. One end of the wall was poured at the correct locat ion. The framers noticed it was incorrect. ... Read more »

Fine Homebuilding magazines available

July 19, 2018, 9:07 pm

Fine Homebuilding magazines available FREE if you pick them up in Fairfax Virginia or $25 + shipping costs if I ship them. Issues 1 thru 145 – missing 4, 75, 82, 86, 93, 112, 124, 138, 139, 142 Al... Read more »

Steel Tubing Bend Capacity

June 30, 2018, 6:51 pm

I am looking at sinking 25 foot pipe vertically 5 feet below the surface and securing with concrete. The pipe is 2 1/16 OD steel oil pipe. Read more »


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Steel I Beams

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Does anyone know what a 8 inch I beam weighs per foot? How far will one span un supported. We are looking at a spanning 40 foot in 2 sections with poured post / piller in the middle for support. 2 X ... Read more »

Help! The walls are falling down!

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OK, not really falling down, but the plaster is pulling away from the lath. Here's the story. The house is almost 100 years old. It's located in Seattle Wa. We have been in the place for 6 years wi... Read more »

Spray Polyurethane Foam Roofing

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If you need a new roof, roof repair, or have any questions regarding a Spray Polyurethane Foam Roofing system feel free to contact us anytime at Read more »

anti-mold construction spray

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My son and I are building him a house, framing the walls with 2x6 studs and sheathing with 1/2 Advantec. The house is in a cold region and we're insulating the walls with 5 1/2 R21 fiberglass batts ... Read more »

Source for plywood roof sheathing with radiant barrier in SF Bay Area?

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Hi all, We are in the middle of remodeling our home, and are having difficulties sourcing the following material on short notice: 1/2 plywood roof sheathing with radiant barrier applied Are there any... Read more »

Installing shower wand on fiberglass surround

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We recently moved into our new house and I need to install a wand-type shower in one bathroom. The bathroom has a typical fiberglass tub with fiberglass surround. The shower arm for the fixed-head sh... Read more »

Underground Wiring

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Hello, I just purchased a 6 acre country property in West Texas and am building a small apartment (580SF). I didn't do a lot of research on supplying electricity to the apartment and had the elec... Read more »

Wood-I or Open Truss Joists?

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about to order the floor joist system for my house, and have been hearing different things about open-truss-systems: they sound like having a drum under/over you, or: they will make your plumber/elec... Read more »

Building Steps on dirt slope/ questions

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I plan to build some steps into a sloped hill, using timbers. I had some built about ten years ago, and used PT lumber rated for ground contact, which was .8 penetration level. I know that the ch... Read more »

New house Louisana Pacific I beams too far apart

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This house is about 2 years old now. Two story house on a unfinished basement. There is a lot of noise from the walls and subfloor (creaks and pops) when walking on it. I carefully screwed down the s... Read more » is a website for homeowners and building and maintenance pros. It is not affiliated with any of the manufacturers or service providers discussed here. All logos and trade names are the property of their respective owners.